Making Adjustments as a New Mom in Corporate Optometry

There are already so many details to worry about when you’re becoming a new mom. Having to think
about how to balance work can be an added stress that can leave you depleted of any energy you would
have.

Here are some ways to alleviate that stress by balancing work and being a new mom:

 

1. Plan to return to work on a less busy work day. For example, come back in the middle of the
week. It’s a lot easier to get a handle on where things are at work on a relaxed day instead
of having to come in on a busy day. It can honestly be any day that makes returning to work
easier for yourself. Perhaps your spouse is home on this day, or it simply works for your
personalized schedule.

2. Modify your work schedule to your needs. Consider working a shorter week. Perhaps having to work
less days in the week is what works for you emotionally, physically, and financially now.
Alternatively, you can decide to work a shorter day. In this way you get to start a little later in
the day and take care of any preparations before you go to work.  It may have been prepping
something for the baby, for your up coming shift, or taking the extra time to drink that coffee you
really need that morning. It’s just easier to get the handle of things in the morning. You can also
consider a part-time sublease. You can work 3-4 days a week and certain hours so that you can
accommodate your family with your practice. The ideal schedule before having a family does not apply here.

 

“Corporate Optometry offers some flexibility in your schedule to be able to accommodate for your new family. Being able to go into the office at  1 and working weekends can be attractive for a new mom, if your spouse has a different schedule to balance all the changes. “

 

3. Talk about your new expectations. Let your optical partner know your expectations and what you are
willing to do. Having a baby is a big lifestyle change and it might take a few weeks to adjust to
that. Your partner should always be willing to work with you on that. Try thinking of different
arrangements that might work within you practice. This includes hiring a doctor to fill in, have a
coworker take on a few more hours a week, or taking the time to fill in on another day.

4. Have a Plan B for childcare. There’s no hiding the fact that children are unpredictable. They get sick,
they get hurt, they have an appointment, or something happens at school and you’re needed.
You should always plan for these situations. Search for people that you trust and ask them what
days they might be available to help you if there is an emergency. Map out a calendar with
names, numbers, and times of availability. That way you won’t need to miss out on too many
days of work because you don’t have the second option.

5. Understand your limitations. It’s okay to have certain expectations and to have your personal
limits. It’s okay to understand what you can and cannot do at this point in your job when there is
a lifestyle change introduce. Maybe you can’t take on a little extra work like you used to. Your
role at the office is to see patients and maximize your time now. Maybe you can  pass on your
administrative work to someone in the office because it is an adapting period in your life.
Likewise, there may be a need to cut back on the hours of overtime that you worked before.  Understand that it’s okay to say no if that’s what you need.

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